No excuses from Kightly

Leeds teenager Lewis Walters has signed his first professional

contract with the club, penning a two-year deal.

Striker Walters, 17, who is top scorer this season for United’s

Under-18 team, was thrilled to agree terms.

“It’s one of the best feelings I’ve ever had,” he told the

club’s official website.

“It couldn’t have gone any better for me really. I joined the

academy quite late and wasn’t expecting to get a club, but Leeds

came in and I got a scholarship and I thought the only thing I can

do is keep kicking on and try and get a pro contract, and now it’s

a dream come true.

“I’d like to try and be involved with the first team. I’ve got

to keep doing what I’m doing, keep improving and try and get more


“When I look at Sam Byram, I played with him last year, he has

done amazing for himself and that’s what I’d like to do next


The 27-year-old has made 21 Premier League appearances this

term, with his last two being back-to-back starts, and he is

looking to build on that.

“It’s been an up and down season for me though for sure, because

I haven’t managed to nail down a regular spot in the team,” he told

Stoke’s website.

“That hasn’t been down to injury, it’s been for other


“I’ve had no injuries this year and I haven’t missed one single

training session yet this season, which is quite surprising to be

honest, because I have had a few problems in my career.

“I thought I started the season well, scored a couple of goals,

and then lost my place.

“Since then I have struggled to get back into the team really,

but hopefully with my injuries well and truly behind me, I can push

on and get back to playing to the level that I know I am capable